I first wrote about pocket resumes a few weeks back after reading a discussion in a Linkedin.com groups. It mentioned a company offering business card sized pocket resumes for use at networking events. What exactly can you fit on a card that size? I did some more research as promised (see my Pocket Resumes: Who Would Have Thought?) and caught a glimpse of a mentality I believe can help you land your next job. Let me share it with you.
On a business card sized pocket resume, for lack of a …
Networking is a hot topic. It’s common to hear that the majority of jobs are won through some form of networking. So, if you plan on getting another job in your lifetime then learning about networking is a wise choice!
If you are wondering where in the world to start learning how to network or if you are apprehensive to network because it’s new for you or you have had a negative networking experience from the past, this article is for you. Here are three must-haves that are easy and powerful …
How do you find a job quickly, in this rotten economy?
Hunt like a Guerrilla.
That was the experience of Mark Thomas, a systems administrator from Mesa, Ariz., who started a new job on March 8, 2010, after a search of only 6 weeks.
According to Thomas, he would have been hired sooner, but “the entire executive team was gone at a conference for a week.”
Thomas succeeded after using three unconventional job-search tactics:
1. The Job Shopping List
2. The Guerrilla Resume
3. The Coffee Cup Caper
Read on to learn how he did it …
1. The …
I wrote my Think Pocket Resume Mentality for a Better Resume and Pocket Resume: Who Would Have Thought articles about a year ago. Since then I’ve given several presentations using the material and every time, job hunters tell me,
“I can put this to use. This can make a real difference.”
So in this series, I’m writing a multi-step article on how to write yourself a pocket resume and get it trolling the waters (them’s saltwater fishing terms for you non-Miami folk) to get you back to work and fast.
Step 1- Taking …
I’ve written about the benefits of a business card resume on Career Jockey and have since used the material to give several presentations. Every single time job hunters will come up to me and tell me, “This is valuable information I can can use right away in my job search.”
So in this articles, I’m starting multi-part series giving the step-by-step on writing yourself a business card resume that will get you networking like a pro and getting the job hunt results you need.
Step 1- Setting a Clear Goal
Writing a business …
You might think there’s never been a worse time to look for work in the traditional job market, with unemployment at 10.4% and no relief in sight.
But you would be only half right.
While there’s never been a worse time for traditional job-search methods, “Guerrilla” job hunters are enjoying consistent success — even in today’s awful economy.
Because Guerrillas choose not to participate in the recession.
To illustrate, here’s a recent story from our client files: Steve Cobain, from Pittsburgh, Penn.
Cobain was laid off as a financial services executive in December 2008, after …
Toni Bowers’ wrote an article on her TechRepublic Career Management blog with the headline “Talking smack about former employers is not advisable.” She points to the farewell message sent by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dan Neil announcing his departure from the Los Angeles Times to go work for the Wall Street Journal. It’s the kind of note you can get away with if you’ve won a prize like that. It’ probably not the best approach for the rest of us. We just don’t have the clout.
Your first …
(This continues where Lesson 4 left off.)
Resources for Snatching the Right Job for You
We’ve covered a lot together these past few days. I’ve given you some:
Help setting your expectations
Job hunt methods that work well
Thoughts on taking care of yourself emotionally/spiritually
Advice for finding your next boss
Today I’m pointing you at resources I have found useful (sometimes VERY useful) for fueling your job hunt. I’ve set up several topics and listed the resources underneath to make them easier to find.
Setting objective and targeting your job search. The key here is …
(This lesson continues where Lesson 3 left off.)
Finding the Hiring Manager That Wants to Meet You Badly
I wrote an article about pocket resumes a while back. I first heard about them on a Linkedin group. It mentioned that a company was offering business card size resumes for use at networking events. “What exactly can you fit on a business card?” I thought. The more and more I thought about it, the more I caught a glimpse of a mentality that if put to use can speed up a …
(This lesson continues where Lesson 1 left off.)
The Worst Ways to Find Work. The Best Ways to Find Work
So what’s the basic information do you need to get you through your job hunt. For this I’m going to start with information from a book every job hunter needs on their bookshelf. Better yet, they need it face up, open on their desk with a whole lot of bookmarks and highlighting showing how hard it’s being used.
Talk to anyone with an HR background and they know the book. It’s …
What can Leonardo da Vinci and Will Rogers tell you about finding a job?
Plenty, it turns out.
Read on for some new twists on timeless advice that might help you get hired faster …
1. “Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Does this mean sloth-like behavior can make you a productive job hunter?
In fact, much work is done by your subconscious mind while the rest of your brain and body are doing other things, like sleeping, eating an apple, or shampooing …
In his 1973 article, “The Strength of Weak Ties,” sociologist Mark Granovetter, after interviewing dozens of people, determined that most jobs were landed through “weak” interpersonal ties — not friends telling friends, but acquaintances telling friends.
In other words, if you’re mostly asking friends to send you job leads, you won’t succeed as fast as asking acquaintances, who then ask their friends to help you.
Counterintuitive, yes, but aiming your networking efforts at people you don’t know well is a faster way of gaining access to new social groups, where new job …
(This article continues where OERamz’s article “You’re Fired! Part 4 – I Dare Not Go It Alone” left off.)
I was now on my new journey, my next new job. It brought back memories of that first day at a new school where no one knew you or you them. Can we call in a “snow day”? (that’s the Northerner in me talking).
Given the state of the market and the number of job losses, the realization was that it no longer is what or who YOU know, but rather who THEY …
Please understand this up front–headhunters are not great sources for a new job. That’s because we get paid to find candidates for our clients, not jobs for candidates. While I frequently can’t be of direct assistance to a job seeker, I still want to help and I feel compelled to provide some advice based on 15 years experience and thousands of conversations with candidates.
Change how you look at networking. You don’t network to get a job. You network to increase your “findability” so that folks looking for someone like you …
I have moved to three major cities without a job already lined up. In each city, I had only a few friends or relatives to help me get settled. Being outgoing by nature and having a desire to connect with others, I started networking with the one or two contacts I had when I arrived. These people had been referred to me by former colleagues or friends.
In networking, I created a standard that anytime I sat down with a new contact; I had to get the names …
For this article, I went through the dozens of books I’ve reviewed in Career Jockey’s Book Review topic and forced myself to pick only three books. I had to make some tough calls, but these are the ones that together contain the meat of what every job seeker needs to know.
Book #1 – What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles
I wrote my What Color Is Your Parachute book review within three weeks of launching CareerJockey.org. I’ve recommended it to almost …
In part one of this article, we looked at the facts and fallacies of the hidden job market including why you should consider tapping into it, why you should consider sending your resume to a company that has not advertised positions matching your skills and the level of experience you should be at in order to benefit from the hidden market.
Now I bet you are wondering precisely how to tap into the unadvertised market. There are three strategies to quickly get you started focusing on and finding great jobs that …
Ahhhhhh…the mysterious, hidden job market. I dedicate this article to all those professionals out there who have heard about the hidden market, but wonder why you should concern yourself with it.
This is not only a topic I love because I have personally witnessed over and over again how using the right job search strategies instantly increases interviews and job offers. It puts you the job seeker back in the control seat and gets you off that depressing job board treadmill!
So let’s begin by dispelling a few myths:
True or …
If I sit back and consider where I’ve made career mistakes, I’m drawn more to the chances I passed up for being too risky than any one of my major screw ups. It’s not haven’t had any good screw ups. (We can sit down for a beer sometime and have some fun reviewing those.) It’s that the times when I took the easier route or opted against taking a risk probably cost me more and led to bigger regrets than the other ones. I have spoken to …
I started using Facebook recently. Interestingly enough, it was my 13 year old daughter that was my top advisor. She had been using Facebook for a while and knew the ins and out of it very well.
Sylivia Ann Hewlett published a reverse mentoring article earlier this summer in a Harvard Business Review blog recommending us older folks get ourselves a mentor. She touts what Time Warner did by formalizing a reverse mentoring program where Gen Y kids (the 70 million-strong demographic born between 1979 and 1994) are …